Let’s Read This

Read: 2 Kings 22:3-13

And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. (v. 8)

This terrifying announcement came over the elementary school intercom, “Teachers keep your students in the room until further notice.” I was in a separate room with a fifth-grader finishing his assignment. Having no clue how long we were going to be confined, I knew I had to keep him busy. Remembering a book I had on my tablet, I brought it up and said, “Let’s read this.”

While the temple was being refurbished, Hilkiah the high priest found the forgotten sacred text written by Moses called the Book of the Law. This book told how God wanted his people to live, but they didn’t follow it anymore. The text was given to the king’s secretary who then read it in the presence of the king. When the king heard it, he made a change and had the book read to the people. His kingdom repented and turned to the Lord again.

When I needed something to occupy that student, I was glad I had that book. Today, many have God’s Word on our phones, tablets, or can easily find a copy of the Bible. When we are desperate for the Lord’s direction or encouragement, do we remember to click on a verse or open its pages? May we each say, “Let’s read the Bible.” —Steven Laman

As you pray, ask God for more of a desire to read his Word.

About the Author

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Steven Laman

Steven Laman is a writer and public speaker who has lived with cerebral palsy since his birth in 1970. Steven is a prolific devotional writer for Words of Hope, and the author of three books: My Journey God’s Grace, Strength in Weakness and My Grace Is Sufficient. He also volunteers as a teacher’s aide. He lives with his parents in Iowa.